Ella The Ungovernable is the story of 15 year-old Ella Fitzgerald's incarceration and eventual escape from The NY Training School For Girls in Hudson, NY, in 1933. It is a story of endurance, resilience, and ultimately, one of triumph against the greatest of odds. It's ultimate message? "Don't ever, ever, give up."
Ella The Ungovernable will be debuting in Poughkeepsie, NY, in early December, 2022. It is the centerpiece of an effort to rebrand and revitalize the cultural life of the city of Poughkeepsie. It is theater meets activism, and just about every cultural organization in the city has become part of our team.
This project could be subtitled: "How a city puts on a play." The goal of Ella The Ungovernable is not only to put on a play, but do so with the involvement of the entire community, in particular, kids of color. When we are done, it is our hope that an entirely new generation of theater makers will be able to go out into the world and thrive.
The mission of Poughkeepsie Rising is to engage the residents of Poughkeepsie in all aspects of the performing arts in order to promote cultural awareness, access, diversity, participation and creative career pathways.
The Living History Theater is the first program launched by The Afro Living Theater bringing to life various historical icons and humanizing our history through reenactments, interpretations, & historical plays.
Reenactment History Living Historical Events!
The space of Historical reenactments is mostly dominated by periods of time that were, let's just say, less than enjoyable for African descended people. The flagship program delivered at our Afro Living Library is a unique kind of Historical Theater bringing to life African descended people throughout the world, lending a hand in teaching everyone about our rich history and culture, from hidden figures to "ordinary people" made extraordinary.
It has been our deliberate intention from the beginning to put on this production in tandem with every community group in Poughkeepsie that wants to be involved, and so far, that has been a rousing success. Some of our community partners include Community Matters 2, Family Partnership, & The Poughkeepsie Youth Theater.
Ella The Ungovernable Original Theatrical Trailer
The Making Of Ella The Ungovernable, A Play For Our Times
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